Cassville football team earns voters' respect

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Cassville makes final football poll of the season

A few years ago, Lance Parnell, Cassville football coach, was asked about his team's state ranking during the season.

"I don't care anything about being ranked during the season," Parnell said. "The only poll that matters is the final one after the season is over."

For Coach Parnell and his Wildcats, the state's final poll held good news, as the team received one vote to tie for 14th overall.

While some fans may scoff, the fact that the Wildcats are predominantly sophomore-oriented means the future looks bright.

This season, the Wildcats finished 8-3, with each loss coming to a state champion. The fact that anyone remembered to vote for Cassville at the season's end is a sign that the pollsters are aware of a team that faced a total four teams that finished on the ranking list.

The final poll is listed below with first-place votes in parenthesis, followed by final record, total vote garnered and ranking in previous state poll.

CLASS 3

1. Monett (14), 14-1, 140, 4

2. Maryville, 14-1, 126, 1

3. Center, 13-1, 98, 3

4. McCluer South-Berkeley, 12-1, 96, 5

5. Miller Career, 10-3, 72, NR

6. Owensville, 12-1, 61, NR

7. Richmond, 11-1, 59, 6

8. Blair Oaks, 11-1, 55, 2

9. Park Hills Central, 11-2, 37, 10

10. Chillicothe, 9-2, 15, 9

Also receiving votes: Mt. Vernon (7-5), 3; St. Charles West (7-5), 3; Clinton (8-4), 2; Osage (9-2), 1; Southern Boone (9-3), 1; Cassville (8-3), 1

CLASS 6

1. Kirkwood (14), 13-1, 140, 2

2. Blue Springs 12-2, 126, 3

3. CBC, 11-2, 106, 1

4. Rockhurst, 9-3, 102, 5

5. Hazelwood Central, 11-1, 84, 4

6. Lee's Summit West, 9-3, 70, 6

7. Eureka, 10-2, 33, 9

8. Francis Howell, 9-3, 27, NR

9. Springfield Kickapoo, 9-1, 21, 7

10. Park Hill, 6-4, 19, T10

Also receiving votes: Jefferson City (6-5) 18; Raymore-Peculiar (6-5), 10; SLUH (6-5), 10; Lee's Summit (7-3), 3; Ft. Zumwalt West (6-5), 1

CLASS 5

1. Vianney (14), 9-5, 140, NR

2. Fort Zumwalt North, 12-2, 121, 4

3. Staley, 10-3, 106, 6

4. Battle, 12-1, 101, 2

5. Chaminade, 8-3, 88, 1

6. Glendale, 11-1, 64, 3

7. Park Hill South, 10-2, 57, 5

8. Carthage, 10-2, 50, 8

9. Belton, 7-4, 10, NR

T10. Ozark, 8-3, 9, 9

T10. Jackson, 8-3, 9, 10

Also receiving votes: Liberty (7-4), 8; Fort Osage (5-6) 3; William Chrisman (8-2) 3; Nixa (6-5), 1

CLASS 4

1. Harrisonville (14), 12-3, 140, NR

2. Kearney, 14-1, 126, 1

3. Ladue, 12-2, 96, 6

4. Parkway North, 11-3, 87, 5

5. Hannibal, 10-3, 86, 2

6. Webb City, 9-4, 75, 8

7. Platte County, 8-4, 51, 4

8. Carl Junction, 9-3, 38, 3

9. Cape Girardeau Central, 7-6, 32, NR

10. MICDS, 9-3, 24, 7

Also receiving votes: Parkway West (8-5), 7; Hillsboro (9-3), 3; Jefferson City Helias (7-5), 2; St. Dominic (9-2), 2; Grain Valley (8-4, 1

CLASS 2

1. Lamar (14), 14-0, 140, 1

2. Trinity, 12-1, 126, 3

3. Lawson, 11-3, 96, 10

4. Mtn. View-Liberty, 12-1, 92, 2

5. Brentwood, 11-2, 76, NR

6. Lutheran North, 9-3, 61, 6

7. Malden, 11-1, 55, 5

8. Mountain Grove, 10-2, 39, 4

9. Centralia, 9-4, 34, NR

10. Summit Christian Academy, 11-2, 23, NR

Also receiving votes: Fair Grove (11-1), 13; Lexington (10-2), 9; Macon (11-1), 3; Butler (9-3), 1; Caruthersville (8-4), 1; Hermann (8-4), 1

CLASS 1

1. Hamilton-Penney (14-0), 15-0, 140, 3

2. Monroe City, 11-4, 120, 10

3. Valle Catholic, 11-2, 116, 1

4. Lincoln, 13-1, 95, 4

5. Marceline, 12-1, 87, 2

6. Hayti, 10-2, 53, 5

7. Cass-Midway, 11-2, 39, 6

8. Plattsburg, 6-7, 36, NR

9. Thayer, 7-6, 27, NR

10. Skyline, 8-4, 22, 8

Also receiving votes: Westran (8-4), 14; Mark Twain (8-4), 1; Wellington-Napoleon (10-2), 7; Maysville (8-3), 3; Lockwood (9-3), 1;

The statewide high school football rankings, are compiled by a 14-member panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. The panel is made up of Dion Clisso, PrepsKC; Sam McDowell, The Kansas City Star; Chris Geinosky, The Liberty Tribune; Dave Kvidahl, STLHighschoolsports.com; Jim Powers, High School Sports Caravan; Larry Thornton, KSDK radio; Cameron Teague-Robinson, The Columbia Tribune; Tom Rackers, Jefferson City News-Tribune; Mike Scott, Ozone Sports; Rance Burger, The Springfield News-Leader; Cody Thorn, The St. Joseph News-Press; J.B. Connoley, KRES radio; Chris Pobst, Sikeston Standard-Democrat; Matt King, The Daily Journal.

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